Tag Archives: education

Today In Frivolous Lawsuits

Trina Thompson just graduated from the Bronx campus of Monroe College this April. It’s now August and Thompson’s brand new bachelor’s degree hasn’t gotten her a job yet. So she is suing Monroe College for $70K, the complete cost of her tuition, saying they haven’t tried hard enough to find her employment. Not uncoincidentally, the first payments on Thompson’s student ...

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Christian Right Trying To Change Public Education In Texas: God Made The USA

Christianists in Texas are trying to create a history curriculum for public schools that says the United States would not exist were it not for the divine intervention of God. Members of a panel of experts appointed by the [Texas school] board to revise the state’s history curriculum, who include a Christian fundamentalist preacher who says he is fighting a ...

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Wisconsin Book Burning Battle Goes On

Remember the Christian group that wants to burn a gay-themed book that they found in their Milwaukee-area library? The battle rages on and the Christianists now want the library to stock books by “ex-gays” in order to “balance” any books that positively depict homosexuality. Residents have sparred for months on blogs, airwaves and at meetings, including one where a man ...

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Aussie Activists Angered By “Ex-Gay” Letter Published By Catholic High School

In its alumni newsletter, a Catholic high school in New South Wales, Australia has published a letter from an “ex-gay” former student that local activists say calls for the murder of homosexuals. Xavier High School in Albury printed the letter, written by former student Matt Price, in the latest edition of its alumni newsletter Xavier. Mr Price said he was ...

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Sexual Harassment Code Struck Down At Los Angeles City College

A judge has struck down Los Angeles City College’s sexual harassment code, ruling that it violates the students’ right to free speech. Last fall a professor interrupted a student speaking in opposition to marriage equality, calling him a “fascist bastard.” When the student received his paper, the professor had written “Ask God what your grade is” on it. The professor ...

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Teachers Say Yes To Marriage Equality

The National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union, has endorsed marriage equality, with a couple of slight dodges. From the “new business items” recap of their national convention: 1. NEA will support its affiliates seeking to enact state legislation that guarantees to same-sex couples the right to enter into a legally recognized relationship pursuant to which they have the ...

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NEA Considering Marriage Endorsement

Christianist news site OneNewsNow is first with the word that the National Education Association is considering issuing a resolution in support of marriage equality. The NEA is currently holding its annual convention in San Diego, California. Educator and conservative activist Jeralee Smith called OneNewsNow from the convention to report that the executive council has approved language that will throw the ...

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UK: Conservative Party Apologizes For Anti-Gay Section 28 Legislation

In 1988 the UK enacted Section 28, a law which ordered that schools “shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” or “promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.” The law was not repealed until 2003. Yesterday, at a gay Pride event in London, ...

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Wingnuts Go After Openly Gay Obama Appointee Kevin Jennings

Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council has launched a website in their campaign to depose Kevin Jennings, the former Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network president who was appointed by Obama to head the Office of Safe & Drug-Free Schools. The campaign includes a full page ad in the Washington Examiner. As the former president of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight ...

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Randi Weingarten Resigns

Randi Weingarten, the openly lesbian head of the nation’s most powerful teachers union, is resigning as president of the United Federation of Teachers, the group whom she also represents in the union – some say over her long battle with Michael Bloomberg over school control. Randi Weingarten will announce she is stepping from her post as president of the United ...

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Holland: Schools May Ban Gay Teachers

In what some say is evidence of the increasing influence of Muslims in the Netherlands, a leaked letter from the country’s Council Of State advises that the nation’s state-funded religious schools are allowed to fire gay teachers. The Council of State, the highest advisory body to the Dutch government, says religious schools can exclude gay teachers if they behave in ...

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Tennessee: ACLU Wins Battle Over Blocked LGBT Websites In Public Schools

The ACLU has forced the Tennessee public school system to stop blocking educational LGBT websites. Dozens of Tennessee schools have restored access to online information about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, just over two weeks after the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit against two Tennessee school districts for unconstitutionally blocking student access to such sites. The company that ...

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But Still Better Than Poetry

For my pal Allen, who graduates tomorrow.

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Study: Gay College Students Do Better

According to a new study, gay male college students are better motivated, get better grades, and are more likely to seek out a mentor to aide in their education. “The thing that really comes out (in the data) is that gay men see academic work as more important than heterosexual men,” said study author Christopher Carpenter, an assistant professor of ...

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Sergio Garcia, Prom Queen

Another openly gay student has been elected Prom Queen of his graduating class. Sergio Garcia stood in the gymnasium and told the senior class at Fairfax High School not to worry: If he was elected, he wouldn’t wear a dress. “I will be wearing a suit,” Garcia said, “but don’t be fooled, deep down inside, I am a queen!” Garcia, ...

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“Liberty” University Bans Democrats Because They May Support Dirty Homos

Liberty University, the Christian college founded by Dead Jerry Falwell, has told the school’s Democratic Club that they must disband. Here’s what they told the student Dems in an email: The Democratic Party Platform is contrary to the mission of LU and to Christian doctrine (supports abortion, federal funding of abortion, advocates repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, ...

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ACLU Wins Another One: CA Student Gets $25K For Anti-Gay Harassment

A 16 year-old California lesbian has won a $25K settlement from her school district after the ACLU threatened a lawsuit for the way she was harassed by teachers and school employees. The agreement between the Vallejo City Unified School District and the American Civil Liberties Union was reached without litigation, said ACLU attorney Elizabeth Gill. In agreeing to the settlement, ...

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Ellen DeGeneres At Tulane

Ellen DeGeneres spoke at Tulane University’s commencement this weekend and spoke eloquently about coming out (amidst her usual hilarity). (Via – Towleroad)

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NY Deputy Secretary Of Education: Schools Don’t Teach About ANY Marriages

The Empire State Pride Agenda delivers this lie-dispelling message from the New York Deputy Secretary of Education. Visit the Pride Agenda’s “Same-Sex Marriage Myths Busted” page for more.

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Bullied Middle School Boy Raped With Broomstick By Four Fellow Students

Yet another sick bullying case. Four Florida middle school students are under arrest for raping a 13 year-old fellow student with a broom handle and a hockey stick. The 13-year-old boy said the bullying had been going on for months. But he didn’t say anything. Not to a teacher. Not to a coach. Not to his mother. Not even when ...

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